7 aftercare tips to get the most from your massage

Everyone can react differently to a remedial massage treatment, and it is hard to predict how your body will respond to the treatment you have just received. We have prepared a list of top aftercare advice that you can follow to get the most of your massage. If you would like to discuss how you feel after your massage or think you might need more specific advice, let our reception know. Your therapist or clinic owner, Agata, will be able to assist you.

1. Drink waterdrink_water_2.jpg

Hydrating after massage is important and the chances are that most therapists will have mentioned this to you in the past. Here is the reason for it: water flushes the “bad guys”, metabolic waste, from our system. During massage, the release of metabolic wastes products and acids occurs and instead of letting them get re-absorbed into the tissues and muscles, it’s good to get rid of them. Drinking water helps to cleanse and detoxify your body from the inside out. 

2. Stretch gently

 stretchWe hope that you feel different after your massage. A good massage outcome should leave you feeling better! Taller, lighter, more open posture, and less tense. Doing gentle stretches after this massage helps your brain to “acknowledge” the changes that occurred (we call it body proprioception). As your muscles might also be looser and more supple, stretching can be easier and more effective. Easy does it though!

3.  Avoid muscle guarding

Muscle guarding occurs when we try to protect a body area that is painful. For example, by keeping your back muscles braced or lifting your shoulder towards your ear. This bracing is a subconscious action to “protect” it. Sometimes deep massage will leave you sore. It is tempting to keep the sore area immobilised and guarded. Unfortunately, muscle guarding can sabotage healing and recovery and reverse the good changes that occurred during your massage session. muscle_guardimg.jpgGuarding sends a false signal to your brain that can be interpreted by your central nervous system as “danger!” and in many cases causes muscle spasms and further tension in the guarded area. We highly recommend keeping the area as natural as possible and encourage you to move freely.   

painkillers4. Take a painkiller if needed 

We love complementary therapy and believe that in most cases muscle pain can be resolved using massage therapy as opposed to courses of painkiller medications.This following advice might therefore feel a little confusing to you. Remedial, sports or deep tissue massage might leave you feeling sore as it creates a lot of little micro-traumas in your body. Although this is a good thing and it stimulates your body to heal and repair, the natural temptation to guard or protect painful area is common. We think that taking painkillers in response to post massage ache may be appropriate. If doing so assists you in keeping your body moving freely and staying loose, then it will have a good effect on your long-term progress. Of course, if you’re not in pain or only experiencing a mild ache or soreness, there is no need for taking painkillers – stretching, a warm bath and drinking plenty of water to rehydrate will do the trick to soothe it.

5. Avoid alcohol or caffeine no alcool no coffee

As massage has detoxifying and cleansing purposes, it is good to keep the body as clean as possible after your treatment. The process of cleansing will be taking place even after your leave the massage room, so we highly recommend following a clean and balanced diet to boost the results. However, if in the real world you are meeting a friend for coffee, or better still wine, do make sure you drink water intermittently to counter the dehydrating effects.

BATH 26. Take a warm bath or shower to soothe any sore muscles

Sore muscles usually love heat. It gives them a sense of ease and they relax. If your muscles feel sore after your massage, a warm bath or shower can soothe this soreness and leave you feeling even more supple. Combining a gentle stretch with a warm shower or soaking in a warm watered bath with Epsom salts will give you even more relief. Where inflammation exists from injuries, the opposite treatment of ice therapy may be appropriate on the isolated area.

7. Avoid heavy physical activities for approx. 24h REST

A sports or remedial massage treatment can create biomechanical changes in your body. It can take a moment for your brain and central nervous system to understand this new “muscle image”. Muscles get stretched and become longer, and joints become de-compressed. Thus, muscle imbalances begin to get corrected, and posture realigned. Going to the gym, for a run or participating in heavy activities might put your body at risk of injuries whilst your brain tries to adjust to these changes. Your body will also be trying to heal many micro-traumas that occur during massage so there is nothing wrong with cutting yourself some slack and relaxing for a day or two. If you feel like you’re not able to do nothing, you can substitute your usual activity with a long walk, yoga, Pilates, or a stretching class.

If you would like to arrange a conversation with a clinic director to better explain how massage works and what your options are by choosing to take your massage care further, then please call our reception team on 02037949760 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your trust in using our service.

Agata and team.

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